Monday, May 27, 2013

It Comes in 3's. Is that always Possible?

Oh, it's been awhile.  Ok,  let's say it's been a long while.  The discipline on writing on blog is high.  I completely left behind my goal on maintaining this discipline.

But it has reconfirmed something about myself.  I have such a hard time keeping on top of a goal, mission, task, etc.; whatever you want to call it.

The last few weeks, I have been shutting down,  physically, mentally, and am just tired.  I was ignoring the signs and am feeling that the time is approaching and  I am going to burst.  Sometimes I feel like I can do anything and other times I feel like a fail.

Then I started remembering this unique opportunity I gave myself at the beginning of the school year, on writing ideas, expressing myself;  what I have always dreamed of doing,  and never gave myself the time.  I gave myself 2 months and then turned my back on it.  The search for my "Inner Strength",  went on an extended vacation.  Actually I think it decided to get posted to another country and hide under a palm tree, with a Pina Colada.

I need to become more disciplined in my actions.  I need to stay focused on this goal that is important to me. It's not so easy.

The last few days,  2 things have happened, that really kicked myself in the butt and made my eyes opened again, on how disorganized and not ready I am for the life that is flying by so fast.  Finances,  security, education, debts.  What is with human society,  that it seems that these few things, are the biggest things that control to our lives and happiness?

I think the better question, is why do we let them control us so?  Why do we seem to put ourselves into situations, that let these things control our lives?  Why do we feel we are the only ones,  going through it all?

I am not going to let Number 3 come my way.  The 2 things that already happened have made me realize it's time to put a stop to the saying "Bad things always come in Three's". My Third Thing is going to be awesome.  It's going to be great.  It's going to put a smile on my face and remind me what life is all about.

I'm staying disciplined now.  I am going to prove to myself, I can see something through.  I need to simplify my life. I need to really start "Finding My Inner Strength".

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Schooling Stress is Almost Non-Existent! Week 5

Oh, to feel the relief and happiness of being organized is amazing.  Last year, being my first year home schooling my kids,  I was anxious, stressed and run off my feet, trying to keep up with what was needed to get done.  The whole purpose of choosing the home schooling path, was to alleviate the anxiety and stress my son was having in a classroom setting for learning.
The whole first year,  wasn't a write off though.  I just caused myself all those feelings, which is normal for your first year of home schooling your children. My son was an A/B student, and my daughter expelled in places that I didn't even no she struggled with in a public classroom., still pulling off her A's/
So, with my knowledge from last year,  I made sure I was prepared this year to deal with the next 9 months. 
This last week,  we completed our first section in our Science program.  The kids wrote their first Grammar Test, which I neglected to tell them it was coming up (on purpose). I was tired on day, after being up so early to take hubby to the airport,  I napped while the kids did their Art and Health. With History, we got through another Chapter and broadened our minds. 
So last week accomplishments:

Science: We finished Chapter 5,  which completed our first section in Science, which was on Force. Before Friday,  we completed the section with learning about Density and Buoyancy, and Pressure.  On Friday the kids were able to do their Review/Quiz and received their Captain Code to unlock a game on the program.

History: The kids learnt about Sargon ( King of Ancient Mesopotamia). The kids learned what a dictatorship.  Also,  the country's name was changed to Akkadia. 

We also read the story, of Abraham and God,  and Joseph and his coat of many colors.  I teach my kids every aspect of history. Evolution, Christianity, etc.  And I tell them to make up their minds on what they believe.  I'm not closing the doors on any discussion on how the world came to be.

Math: I had the kids work on multiplication, division, fractions, and place values.  They are getting there with feeling comfortable with working with the factors 8 and 9, to the larger numbers.  And they are really grasping the fraction lessons we've been working on.

LA: On Monday, I surprised the kids with a test in grammar.  They didn't panic, which is what Champ used to do with tests.  When they were all done,  marks consisted of a 96% and a 94%.  I love it!!  We then started working with our new chapter in Grammar, which is Growing with Nouns. Also, we did some more writing practices.  We didn't work on poetry this last week. 

Health: The kids worked on a Balanced Lifestyle Assignment.  In Health,  we are teacher directed.  So the kids had to finish an assignment for September.  They talked about relaxation, revelation, nutrition, learning, physical activity, and hygiene.  It was pretty easy.  They're pretty well rounded in all these things, in our daily life.

Art: The kids finished their tree sketches, leaf rubbings, and leaf pattern art piece.  All they have left to do now is write a reflection on how they thought they did.

Phys. Ed: Champ has had Hockey.  Boo has had Ringette.  We've been doing Insanity.  And the kids have been biking and playing basketball outside.

Music:  The kids had their vocal lessons on Monday.  They practiced 4 days this week.  Boo practiced piano 4 times and Champ practiced guitar 4 times.

So that was our week that just went by.  Lets see what the next week brings us.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Change, I can't make up my mind.

OK , I know. I keep changing my blog layout.  I keep playing with it and trying to find the perfect fit for how I want it to look.  I'm playing around with titles, colors, ads, photos, widgets, gadgets, and so on.  I'm trying to create header tabs,  so there's links for each different area I'm posting about that day.
I'm trying to get inspired with the look of my Blog.  I'm slowly getting there.  The first layout,  was nice and simple; the second I used, I had the Dynamic view, which had a sidebar and fancy buttons (not my thing).  So my third attempt, is it's back to simple,  but I've played around with the widths and all.
I'm learning more about patience with doing all this playing around with blogger technology. Every time I press a button to change font, style, color, etc; I cross my fingers that I've completed the task properly or I saved it right; or my favorite,  change something and then I don't like it and I can't get back to what I had before. So from there, it's like playing Where's Waldo, and I try to find the hidden button to get back to what I want.
Playing with my blog layout, and trying to get this right fit to how I want it to look,  is much harder then thinking of what to write each time. A simple design,  full of complications.  Please be patient. I have learnt to be patient with it. If I hadn't, I would have taken this laptop by now and threw it out the back door. I will get it right eventually.  You can let me know what you think of it. Is it easy to follow?  Or the colors distracting or not? If you know how to do fancy tabs and links,  I would love for you to let me know.
I will keep working at it,  just as I keep working on my life.  Patient, opened to ideas and change, and accepting of differences and difficulties. I need all these things to reach my goal with technology..